KEVIN YOUNG, DIRECTOR
60822 Creek Road
Niles, MI 49120
269-684-3870
kevin60822@sbcglobal.net


NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 GRANGE NEWS

2021 Agriculture Annual Report
Worthy Master, First Lady, National Representatives, Delegates, Brothers and Sisters:

​Welcome to the 148th Annual Convention of 
the Michigan State Grange!! It is hard to believe that it is time for yet another Michigan State Grange Session. I am looking forward to getting back to the way we conduct business during State Session as I missed not having the floor work and music that we all have learned to love. Time sure goes by fast and for some reason this year has gone by way too fast!! I think it is because of the pandemic and things that we have been used to and couldn’t do in 2020 getting to happen finally. I hope everyone has enjoyed my articles as at times I felt like I was just rambling on but at the time I was writing them it was what was on my mind. Agriculture in our Great State is a very important part of life and of the State Economy, and I feel honored to be the Director of the MSG Agriculture Department. It has been a very up and down year so far for Agriculture in our Country and it isn’t over yet. With the virus causing shutdowns at meat processing plants in 2020 and then people not returning to work quick enough, farmers are still struggling to get their animals to the processors as they are backed up. We the Grange, need to stand strong more than ever to let everyone know that the Grange is still alive and here to help our friends in Agriculture.

​I look forward to seeing what entries will be 
in the Ag Department classes this year as we were not able to have classes at the 147th State Session since we were only there for 1 day to conduct all the necessary business of the Grange. It had been another strange growing season as early Spring was colder than normal and then May some areas had gotten way too much rain followed by June with some heat. July is finishing up with very humid weather but at least we have been getting rain in my area of Michigan. I hope to continue to bring you information on this Department that has meant so much to our Great Organization when it was first founded! I hope everyone enjoys the State Session and their stay in Bay City!!!
Fraternally, Kevin Young, AG Director

​​I would love to hear from anyone that might have ideas for the Growing contest classes for the 2022 program year. I have to turn those in soon. Also, at the 148th annual Session there was a resolution that mentioned the Heifer International project and this resolution of support passed. I have already made contact to receive information and will be sharing that in the next MGN. There may also be a mailing sent out to all Masters and Secretaries of each Grange as Heifer Int. provided me with a brochure and it would be easier to share this via U.S. Mail. There are numerous ways of helping this 75 yr old organization with "Feeding the Hungry" of 20 countries and also here in the United States. Let's show how the Grange can help "Feed the Hungry" like the Master's charge says at the closing of the 4th Degree. Until then....
AGRICULTURE
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 GRANGE NEWS

Wow! August is almost over, and another County Fair season is in the books for my area. Even thought it was so hot and humid most of the week, it sure was nice to get back to something NORMAL for summertime! It was the 75th Anniversary for the Berrien County Youth Fair where Diamonds are Fair-Ever! The number of exhibitors were down and of course that meant less exhibits but there were still nice displays and animals to look at. And of course, there was plenty of Fair Food to pick from! Our attendance for the week was just a little above what we had in 2019 so that was great considering the Fair lost out on 85% of their annual revenue for 2020.    

We got our garden in late this summer and has struggled to get started. As of today (Aug 23rd) we have a few nice zucchini plants about to give us some fruit. We also have some butternut squash vines that have some squash on them. The tomato plants didn’t get started well but we do have a couple of plants that made it and have fruit on them as well.  

As we move into the harvest season, please keep in mind that we will once again be sharing the roads with very large sized farm equipment. I know we are all in a hurry to get where we are going but we need to keep in mind that those big pieces of equipment help to put food on our families’ tables.  

I look forward to seeing everyone that will be coming to the Michigan State Grange Convention that is being held in late October at the Bay View Inn and Conference Center near Bay City. I hope everything goes well so we can get back to Normal with how we conduct business at our State Session. This includes our classes for the different departments. I hope everyone has been working on entries for the Departments so we have a great Grange Contest year!    

See you at State Session!!